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Brian Evenson

Autor(a) de Last Days

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About the Author

Brian Evenson is the author of five books of fiction. He is a senior editor for Conjunctions magazine and the director of creative writing at the University of Denver. Evenson lives in Denver
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Obras de Brian Evenson

Last Days (2010) — Autor — 418 cópias
A Collapse of Horses (2016) 253 cópias
Immobility (2012) 223 cópias
The Open Curtain (2006) 209 cópias
Dead Space: Martyr (2010) 200 cópias
Fugue State (2009) 186 cópias
The Lords of Salem (2013) — Autor — 154 cópias
Windeye (2012) 143 cópias
Father of Lies: A Novel (1998) 122 cópias
The Wavering Knife: Stories (2004) 121 cópias
Altmann's Tongue (1994) 121 cópias
The Warren: A Novel (2016) 111 cópias
Dark Property (2002) 61 cópias
Dead Space: Catalyst (1656) 60 cópias
Contagion and Other Stories (2000) 53 cópias
Aliens: No Exit (2008) 49 cópias
The Deaths of Henry King (2015) 21 cópias
Conjunctions: 52, Betwixt the Between (2009) — Editor — 19 cópias
Solution: A Tor.com Original (2020) 16 cópias
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume 7 (2018) — Autor — 12 cópias
Baby Leg (2012) 11 cópias
Another Way to Fall (2017) 11 cópias
Prophets and Brothers (1997) 3 cópias
Good Night, Sleep Tight (2024) 3 cópias
None of You Shall Be Spared (2023) 2 cópias
Prairie 1 exemplar(es)
Body 1 exemplar(es)
Gli ultimi giorni 1 exemplar(es)
An Accounting 1 exemplar(es)
Smear{short story} 1 exemplar(es)
Son Günler (2019) 1 exemplar(es)
Watson's Boy 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Living Dead (2008) — Contribuinte — 920 cópias
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contribuinte — 831 cópias
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contribuinte — 628 cópias
Who Was Changed And Who Was Dead (1954) — Introdução, algumas edições550 cópias
The New Weird (2008) — Contribuinte — 526 cópias
Poe's Children: The New Horror: An Anthology (2008) — Contribuinte — 461 cópias
McSweeney's Issue 16 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2005) — Contribuinte — 444 cópias
Lovecraft Unbound (2009) — Contribuinte — 332 cópias
The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004) — Contribuinte — 265 cópias
The Apocalypse Reader (2007) — Contribuinte — 195 cópias
Haunted Nights (2017) — Contribuinte — 190 cópias
McSweeney's Issue 28 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2008) — Contribuinte — 170 cópias
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (2017) — Contribuinte — 145 cópias
Fearful Symmetries (2014) — Contribuinte — 142 cópias
Black Wings of Cthulhu 2 (1601) — Contribuinte — 140 cópias
Supernatural Noir (2011) — Contribuinte — 136 cópias
Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Stories of Horror (2020) — Contribuinte — 123 cópias
Invaders: 22 Tales from the Outer Limits of Literature (2016) — Contribuinte — 110 cópias
Best American Fantasy (2007) — Contribuinte — 106 cópias
Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories (2019) — Contribuinte — 106 cópias
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven (2015) — Contribuinte — 97 cópias
The PEN / O. Henry Prize Stories 2011 (2011) — Contribuinte — 97 cópias
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (2009) — Contribuinte — 92 cópias
After the End: Recent Apocalypses (2013) — Contribuinte; Contribuinte — 88 cópias
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2014 Edition (2014) — Contribuinte — 81 cópias
Children of Lovecraft (2016) — Contribuinte — 76 cópias
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Nine (2017) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018 (2018) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias
Leviathan Three (2002) — Contribuinte — 68 cópias
Aickman's Heirs (2015) — Contribuinte — 67 cópias
Body Shocks (2021) — Contribuinte — 62 cópias
The Bestiary (2016) — Contribuinte — 58 cópias
McSweeney's Issue 50 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2017) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias
Howls From the Dark Ages: An Anthology of Medieval Horror (2022) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias
In the Time of the Blue Ball (2002) — Tradutor, algumas edições52 cópias
The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology (2014) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias
Mountain R (1996) — Tradutor, algumas edições49 cópias
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 3 (2016) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias
Isolation: The horror anthology (2022) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
Lost Films (2018) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias
The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Fourteen (2022) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias
Letters to Lovecraft: Eighteen Whispers to the Darkness (1600) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
Last Drink Bird Head : A Flash Fiction Anthology for Charity (2009) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 5 (2018) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
Shadows & Tall Trees 7 (2017) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
Fetish: An Anthology (1998) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
Tor.com Short Fiction: Summer 2023 (2010) — Contribuinte — 19 cópias
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume Two (2021) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Shadows & Tall Trees 8 (2020) — Autor — 18 cópias
Donogoo Tonka or The Miracles of Science: A Cinematographic Tale (1920) — Tradutor, algumas edições14 cópias
Conjunctions: 67, Other Aliens (2016) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
Text: Ur (2007) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
Exotic Gothic 4 (2012) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Nox Pareidolia (2019) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Gigantic Worlds (2015) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
21st-Century Gothic: Great Gothic Novels Since 2000 (2010) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 15th Anniversary Edition (2023) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Come Join Us by the Fire: A Nightfire Anthology (2019) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 07 (2017) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Dispensation: Latter-Day Fiction (2010) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Wilted Pages: An Anthology of Dark Academia (2023) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 04 (2014) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Uncertainties Volume IV (2020) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume Three (2022) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
The New Flesh: A Literary Tribute To David Cronenberg (2019) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Exotic Gothic 3 Strange Visitations (2009) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Mother: Tales of Love and Terror (2022) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Come Join Us by the Fire Season 2 (2020) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Tor.com Short Fiction: Sept/Oct 2020 (2020) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Oculus Sinister: An Anthology of Ocular Horror (2020) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
In Our Lovely Deseret: Mormon Fictions (1998) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Great British Horror 6: Ars Gratia Sanguis (2021) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Black Clock 21 (2016) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Conversations with Mormon Authors (2006) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
The Quarterly, Summer 1994 (1995) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Dziwne Opowieści - Antologia Weird Fiction (2021) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Black Clock 10 (2009) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Sunstone - Vol. 22:2, Issue 114, June 1999 (1999) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Irreantum: Exploring Mormon Literature - Vol. 5:3 (Autumn 2003) (2003) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Sunstone - Vol. 21:1, Issue 113, March-April 1999 (1999) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Sunstone - Vol. 21:4, Issue 112, December 1998 (1998) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Irreantum: Exploring Mormon Literature - Vol. 3:2 (Summer 2001) (2001) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Sunstone - Vol. 20:3, Issue 107, October 1997 (1997) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Sunstone - Vol. 20:2, Issue 106, July 1997 (1997) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Sunstone - Vol. 20:1, Issue 105, April 1997 (1997) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Sunstone - Vol. 18:2, Issue 99, August 1995 (1995) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Sunstone - Vol. 21:1, Issue 109, March-April 1998 (1998) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)

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recommend reading or watching Under the Banner of Heaven as well re: blood atonement
 
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lazalot | outras 5 resenhas | May 25, 2024 |
I only recently got introduced to Brian Evenson. I started with a collection of his short stories that frustrated me because, while well written, they seemed to dance around a story, at its edges, instead of actually telling a story. It's as if he made a choice to write about what happens in that tangential space beside or before the real story. And that choice of his can be powerful if used sparingly, but it also seemed that every story in the collection did the same thing. Overused, it became the opposite: impotent instead of potent.

That's my opinion anyway, and of course, opinions vary. I've read the opposite opinions of many a reviewer online. But me, personally? I love a well thought-out, inventive story. He had so many fantastic ideas, but he seemed to just tease me with them. I would argue that any story in that collection could have been fleshed out into a full-bodied novel, had he the time and/or interest in doing so.

Don't get me wrong, they were amazing, those stories, by themselves. The first one I read, I said to myself, "My God, this guy is an excellent writer!" However, by the end of the collection I found myself wondering if he was just a one-trick pony. An excellent trick, to be sure, but if that's all he has, he's a side show in the circus, not the main attraction.

(I've pushed that metaphor too far. Let's drop it.)

So I wanted to see what one of his novels looked like. Given more space and time, would he dive into the story fully instead of skirting alongside of it? I picked this one because it was the only novel of his for sale in my local bookstore. No other thought was put into it. I tore through it in 2 days.

I absolutely loved it. My former complaint about him not diving completely into a story only sort of applies here. He started with a story (probably best described as a "novella" due to its length) he'd written years earlier called The Brotherhood of Mutilation. Full of fascinating ideas and horrific imagery, it told the tale of a man who gets pulled into a cult based around the idea of self-mutilation as a form of forced spiritual enlightenment. But like so many of his stories, it ended just before the plot could progress towards any sort of conclusion. Evenson likes to leave us hanging, requiring us to fill in our own blanks.

That was written in 2003. In 2009 he decided to write a sequel (or rather a continuation) starting literally where Brotherhood ended and moving the plot along. The second half, called Last Days (thus the title of the novel) introduces its own complementary ideas about this cult, including an offshoot, and a number of new characters, and moves the plot along at a more deliberate and rapid pace than the first half.

Combined, they make almost the perfect novel for me. I say "almost" because I found a few things lacking. Any back story about, quite frankly, any of the characters, among them. And the combination of noir-ish elements and Beckett-esque dialogue didn't work quite as well for me as either of them would have landed on their own. But these are minor quibbles. I've got a couple more Evenson novels on my TBR stack now, and I look forward to plowing through them soon.

Postscript

After thinking about it a bit longer, I can see that he still danced around a larger story. We have almost no sense of the world outside of this cult. We hardly meet any characters not already immersed. We have only a fleeting idea of what happened to the main character, Kline, before the events of this novel. So the question of "what sort of world is it where this kind of cult exists" is never asked or answered. And, yes, maybe that is a larger story that my brain (with its need for answers and gaps filled) would love to read one day. But goddammit at least in this novel he takes a character through a story arc to some sort of conclusion. I'll take my wins where I can get them.

Post-postscript

Did I say these questions are never asked? Color me embarrassed. I remembered the last line of the novel:

Where now? he wondered, at first walking, then loping, then breaking into a run. What next?

I stand corrected. He did ask a couple of the main questions still lingering in my mind.
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½
 
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invisiblelizard | outras 24 resenhas | May 12, 2024 |
Publisher describes this as intense and deeply unsettling. I could not agree more. Our protagonist, a detective that had just gone through a traumatic experience - indeed an intense and deeply unsettling one, is co-opted, corrupted and lampooned when he gets involved in a religious cult that takes bodily penance, self-flagellation and the like to its extreme. The cult’s credo is the more body parts a member can chop off, cut off, the better. Ears, fingers, eyes, limbs -anything goes. Self-flagellation? No, Sir. That simply won’t do.
Our protagonist is disgusted, and rightly so, since he himself just lost his hand to a hatchet. And he did not volunteer - goes without saying. Soon our detective realizes that there is much more at stake than solve if a murder mystery for a cult of plum-mad religious fanatics. But read for yourself - if you got the stomach.
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nitrolpost | outras 24 resenhas | Mar 19, 2024 |
Normally I'm not a big short story collection girly. I get heavily invested in characters and it's difficult for me when I only have 5-30 pages with them.

But this collection is goddamn brilliant. I didn't "put it together", so to speak, until the very final story but consider my mind blown.

My favorite stories in the collection are the epynonomous story, Mudder Tongue (heartbreaking), In the Greenhouse, and The Third Factor.
½
 
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sublunarie | outras 9 resenhas | Jan 10, 2024 |

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